Cultivation and Utilization of Medicinal Plant and Mushrooms

Today medicinal plants are not only playing important role in the management of diseases of human being but also in their livelihood. The demand of medicinal herbs in growing exponentially and it cannot be met only from the collection from natural habitats. The only way is to meet the increasing demand is its cultivation at farmer's field. Besides medicinal plants, cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms can also be taken up for enhancing farmer's income. Farmers are taking benefits by cultivating medicinal plants and mushrooms as well. But due to lack of adequate and appropriate scientific knowledge of cultivation and marketing farmers are not getting handsome returns. Keeping above in consideration, Extension Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun is organizing a three days training on “Cultivation and Utilization of Medicinal Plant and Mushrooms” from 27 th February to 01 March 2019 in Demo Village Shyampur, Dehradun. 35 participants including Farmers, Students, Representatives of NGO’s and SHG’s are participating in the training. The training was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Pandey, Head, Extension Division, FRI. In his inaugural address he told that there is a huge demand of medicinal plants in Herbal and neutraceutical industries. To fulfill these demands farmers should go for cultivation of medicinal plants. By applying proper scientific technologies for cultivation of these medicinal plants and mushrooms farmers can improve their income. He also mentioned that the Government is also providing assistance for cultivation of medicinal plants. He quoted that the practice of medi-culture can improve the livelihood of farmers. On this occasion Dr. Amit Pandey, senior Scientist, Forest Protection Division informed that farmers can enhance their income by cultivating mushrooms both edible and medicinal (Ganoderma leucidum). Dr. Charan Singh, Scientist of Extension Division gave a details account of Demo Village and extension activities undertaken from time to time in the Demo village. On this occasion Coordinator of Bagwan Gramodyog Samiti Smt. Uma Khanduri also expressed her views and told that FRI has always helped them by providing technical input and disseminated technologies developed by FRI to end users. In the end of inaugural program, Shri Rambir Singh, Scientist, Extension Division gave vote of thanks. Dr. Devendra Kumar, Scientist, Sh. Ajay Gulati, S.T.O , Sh. Vijay Kumar, ACF etc. were present in this program.

February 28, 2019
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